Youth Social and Emotional Learning in Quality-Enhanced, Out-of-School Time Programs


  • Annick Eudes Jean-Baptiste Prime Time Palm Beach County
  • Stephanie Giannella Prime Time Palm Beach County
  • Celine Provini Prime Time Palm Beach County



Social and emotional learning, SEL, out-of-school time, after-school, quality


Researchers examined social and emotional learning (SEL) ratings for two samples of 559 and 406 predominantly elementary-age youth of color, who were enrolled in out-of-school time (OST) programs serving communities mostly of high socioeconomic need in Palm Beach County, Florida. Covering the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the study predicted that programs’ participation in an SEL quality enhancement project would positively impact youth SEL. This quality enhancement was expected to emerge alongside the positive effects of foundational program quality achieved through participation in the Palm Beach County Quality Improvement System, which includes an array of supports provided by Prime Time Palm Beach County, a nonprofit OST intermediary organization. Amid the challenges of the pandemic, evidence emerged to support the positive impact of foundational quality on youth in OST, as well as the positive impact of an enhanced focus on SEL.

Author Biographies

Annick Eudes Jean-Baptiste, Prime Time Palm Beach County

Research Manager at Prime Time Palm Beach County in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Stephanie Giannella, Prime Time Palm Beach County

Research Associate at Prime Time Palm Beach County in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Celine Provini, Prime Time Palm Beach County

Director of Research at Prime Time Palm Beach County in Boynton Beach, Florida.


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